Ash Wednesday in Dresden (Aschermittwoch in Dresden) by Carl Scharwath

Mosquito marker planes dropped

red and green imprints.

The Florence of the Elbe

awaited its charcoal nightmare.

 

Sirens proclaimed a terror, embraced

by formations of flying steel.

The first incendiary firestorm

rained seismic waves of heat.

 

Read more of “Ash Wednesday in Dresden (Aschermittwoch in Dresden)” by Carl Scharwath in issue 13 of Decades Review, coming in October.

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